Maybe this post should be about irony since I was certainly OFF schedule through nearly all of May what with closing on the house, moving, and those sorts of things. But life happens. As much as I love lists and planning, I try to be understanding that sometimes you just have to go with the flow.
That being said, for those of us who like lists and such, scheduling can certainly be a muse all by itself. There’s something comforting in the process of creating a plan and following it. That’s one reason why I created my weekly plan for this blog.
I may not ALWAYS follow it, life might get in the way, but when I sit down to write for the blog and my brain is tied up elsewhere, having my schedule gives me a starting place. It’s like being handed a prompt to get me thinking in the right direction so that I can complete the task at hand.
That’s why every Monday we talk about muses and inspiration. On Wednesdays I try to put up a book review. Then Fridays are my Asian geek-out days and on Saturdays I like to give you a status update with the craziness of my life, both the writing and non-writing sides.
Now this isn’t to say I can’t have special extra posts or temporarily run other campaigns or projects (like NaNoWriMo, #Writemotivation, or Platform-Building). And sometimes I don’t have enough time to write ahead so I miss a week or two. But the plan is my goal and as long as I have that goal I am constantly remembering it and working toward it. So even if I fall short some of the time, my eye is always on the path I set out to walk down and sooner or later I’ll hack my way through the brush and get back on it.
Do you do any type of scheduling for a blog, for writing, or another part of your life? Does scheduling make your life easier, or does it cause more stress by making you feel like you have to stick to it?